DID YOU KNOW?
• Australian women diagnosed with breast cancer have an 89.6 per cent chance of surviving five years after diagnosis.
• Improvements in survival are attributed to earlier detection of breast cancer through regular mammograms and improved treatment outcomes for breast cancer.
• About eight women die from breast cancer every day in Australia.
• Breast cancer can also affect men, accounting for about 1 per cent of cases. About 110 men are diagnosed in Australia each year.
EARLY DETECTION — SIGNS TO LOOK FOR:
• A lump, lumpiness or thickening of the breast.
• A change in shape, crusting, a sore or ulcer, redness or inversion of the nipple.
• Discharge from the nipple that is blood stained, clear or occurs without squeezing.
• Changes in the skin of the breast, such as any puckering or dimpling of the skin, unusual redness or other colour change.
• Changes in the size or shape of the breast.
• Unusual or persistent pain that is not
related to the normal monthly cycle and occurs only in one breast.
TIPS FOR CHECKING BREASTS:
• Use a mirror to get to know the usual look and shape of your breasts.
• Become familiar with the feel of your breasts at different times of the month. You might find this easiest in the shower or bath, lying in bed or getting dressed.
• Feel all the breast tissue from the collarbone to below the bra line and under the armpit, using the pads of your fingers.
— Sources: National Breast Cancer Foundation, Breast Cancer Network Australia and BreastScreen Victoria